Lande told that more than 1,000 BPL people were issued job cards under the MNREGA scheme. However, the bonafide, unemployed youths were not given jobs. Their job entries were very randomly made in their cards.
In the midst of torrents of complaints about how MNREGA funds were withdrawn through forged passbooks, a police team headed by Araria SP Shivdeep Waman Lande swooped on the premises of the above-mentioned officials, and took the lid off the humongous MNREGA funds.
FIRs have also been lodged with Narpatganj police station against the Karghair postmaster, Bishnu Deo Sah, programme officer (PO) Ravindra Nath, mukhiya Ravilal Rishideo and Rozgar Sevak Prahlad Mahto. They are charged with siphoning off the whopping MNREGA funds by withdrawing the money through forged passbooks in the post office, police said.
Shivdeep Lande was the erstwhile SP of Patna City and has been transferred to Araria last November amidst severe outcry among public.